Home » Opinion » Editorials
Fraud happens: At the polling place, that is
During the debate over New Hampshire's voter ID law, we were told time and time again that there is no such thing as voter fraud. Surely it is total coincidence that two recent cases of voter fraud involve people who belong to the same political party as those who tried to prevent New Hampshire from requiring a photo ID at the polling place.
Last Thursday, the FBI announced that Massachusetts Democratic state Rep. Stephen Smith, 57, of Everett, Mass., had agreed to plead guilty to "submitting fraudulent absentee ballot applications and casting invalid ballots in multiple elections in 2009 and 2010."
Smith fraudulently obtained absentee ballots and gave them to ineligible voters, who cast votes for him, according to the FBI.
In Maryland, Wendy Rosen, the initial Democratic nominee for the state's 1st Congressional District, has been charged with voting illegally in 2006 and 2010, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. Rosen allegedly voted in both Florida and Maryland in those years.
Also last week, Iowa's secretary of state announced that since August his office has filed charges in eight cases of alleged voter misconduct.
Voter fraud does not happen? That is a talking point used by people who have an interest in keeping voter fraud easier to commit. It does not happen with great frequency, but it happens.
READER COMMENTS: 3
- Bird blenders: 'Green energy' sacrifice - 8
- Joseph W. McQuaid: Prizes & playoffs: Well done, UNH - 1
- Where’s Waldo? Just ask the NSA - 13
- Joseph W. McQuaid: Keeping public in the dark isn't helping find Abigail - 26
- The Peace Light: A Christmas reminder for all - 0
- Doing 'less with less' Is that Gov. Hassan's new motto? - 11
- Washington Jeanne: Will Shaheen face her state? - 44
- McWages: They're about value - 82
- Night lights: Francestown freaks out - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Man, 41, dies when car hits pole in front of Nashua Library - 0
- Man wanted in Vermont arrested after high-speed chase in Rochester - 0
- John DiStaso's Granite Status: New NHDP campaign calls on Scott Brown to disclose clients - 0
- Glitches resolved in new managed-care Medicaid system - 0
- Two sent to the hospital after Barrington crash - 0
- Two armed robberies overnight in Manchester - 0
- Windsor man seriously injured in Bennington crash with logging truck - 0
- Job applicant charged with helping himself to a couple of bottles of champagne - 2
- Bow man robbed after leaving Manchester YMCA - 0
Exeter drug sweep nets four
Where is Benghazi? Kuster's refusal to stand
Shea-Porter: GOP ad about ACA in NH is false
Bird blenders: 'Green energy' sacrifice